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Knowledge of any subject is learned both by reading, as well as doing! So we've erected a wonderful library of books on the various subjects which peak our interests in the BDSM and alternative loving community. 

... always free to visit... always open ...the Library of Kink!

SM101 : A Realistic Introduction - Updated
by Jay Wiseman

 One of the original basic how-to guides done in photocopy and ring binding, now is a fully published and printed book going through, as the title refers, "lessons" on safe, sane and consensual play for the BDSM beginner. Insightful, educational reading into the world of BDSM practices, from safety to techniques to finding a partner. A great resource for the novice and experienced alike, though! 

 SM 101 Book
Item #660-7103
Price: $24.95


The Mistress Manual
by Ms. Lorelei

Female dominance acts out in a myriad of ways, techniques and styles, which usually depends on the roles or needs of the submissive. This timeless classic "how-to" for "the good girl" who wants to know everything about being dominant, will give the details... from what to wear to what to say, tasks and trials to put your submissive (or sissy) through and much more. It even has some sample slave contracts! It's full of useful tips and advice along with some of the technical aspects of BDSM.

The Mistress Manual Book
Item # 660-5112
Price: $16.95


The Topping Book: Or, Getting Good at Being Bad
by Dossie Easton & Catherine A. Liszt

Discusses in a fun, caring and easy-to-read manner how BDSM can be a rewarding experience as well as fun! Done with a good sense of humor,  it covers the responsibilities of being a Dominant. 

Topping Book
Item #660-5396
 Price: $15.95


The Bottoming Book: How to Get Terrible
Things Done to You by Wonderful People
by Dossie Easton, 
Catherine A. Liszt

Same format as in the "Topping" book, but this one covers the bottom! Great information on being a responsible bottom while still getting needs met. Includes advise on scene negotiation, finding your "sacred space", how to "connect" with a Dom/Top, and much more. A very enjoyable read with humorous overtones. 

Bottoming Book
Item #660-5394

Price: $15.95


Anal Pleasure & Health : A Guide for Men and Women
by Jack Morin, Jack Morris 

This research-based guide is for the millions of men and women, of all sexual orientations, who want to include safe anal play in their erotic exploration. Updating his findings for the 21st century, author Jack Morin, Ph.D., explains how to replace negative emotions and beliefs about the anus with positive attitudes; how to simultaneously enjoy anal stimulation and promote anal health; how to know and communicate your requirements for satisfying anal experiences.

Anal Pleasure and Health Book
Item #660-1170 
Price: $18.95


A Hand in the Bush
The Fine Art of Vaginal Fisting
by Deborah Addington

Vaginal fisting - the intimate, potent sexual act of gradually inserting the entire hand into the vagina - is an increasingly popular form of sexplay among lesbians, bisexuals and heterosexuals alike. Now, for the first time, an experienced fister and fistee explains in detail how to fist with the greatest possible safety and pleasure. Extensively illustrated, this long-awaited guide by Deborah Addington has been approved by three fisting-positive physicians and by many experienced practitioners. Also includes an eye-opening section of anecdotes and poetry by fisting-lovers, plus an extensive resource guide. A must-have "handbook" for the sexually explorative!

Hand in the Bush Book
Item #660-3340
Price: $14.95


The BIG Book of Masturbation
by Martha Cornog

Few subjects have been as maligned and mythologized through the ages and across so many disciplines as masturbation, with descriptions ranging from self-abuse to self-love. This unique volume brings together a wealth of fact and opinion from the pages of linguistics, law, history, social science, philosophy, religion, spirituality, medicine, and many more. Carefully researched and attributed, the author's selections alternately entertain and entrance, while educating us about the breadth and depth of this practice common to all, taboo to some, celebrated by others.

The BIG Book of Masturbation addresses the myths and questions that have plagued society for centuries, from whether you get hairy palms and/or go blind from masturbating to whether self-pleasuring is illegal. The author shares with us how porcupines and other animals pleasure themselves, attitudes about solo sex practices from the South Seas to South Africa, and Mark Twain's views on the subject. She also analyzes our culture's seemingly inconsistent responses to the masturbation brouhahas of PeeWee Herman, Dr. Joycelyn Elders, and Ann Landers.

Presenting masturbation from a variety of perspectives, this is a thoughtful and intelligent look at the controversies that surround this intriguing and universally practiced--and until now snubbed--behavior.

Big Book of Masturbation
Item # 660-1442 
Price: $22.95 now only $16.95


  Pain Game & Tie Me Up
  -the DVD Collection

Cleo DuBois, the world renowned San Francisco based BDSM educator and practitioner, has just finished the first of her planned series of videos. Now, they are combined on one DVD! Get both great BDSM action filled actual scene sessions, recorded for both instructional and enjoyment! This DVD has the complete Pain Game video as well as the complete Tie Me Up sequel. And at a great value.

Item #670-7156
 DVD 108 minutes
Price: $40.00  now only $34.95


The following books are available
 through Powell Books

Different Loving: The World of Sexual Dominance and Submission
by Gloria G. Brame, Jon Jacobs(Contributor), Will Brame

A breakthrough in sexual literature, this work is a complete, comprehensive user-friendly guide through the world of alternative sexual lifestyles. While the topics are exotic and erotic, the authors handle each one in a sensitive, thorough, analytical, and fascinating way and manage to explain a secret world to those who might wish to visit. It discusses dominance and submission and their related activities, including transgenderism, corporal punishment, fetishism, body modification, and other carnal acts.


Erotic Power: An Exploration of Dominance & Submission
by Gini Graham Scott 

Another great book for delving into the psyche of BDSM play. It heralds from the Female Dominant perspective through an understanding of what BDSM is all about, to finding a partner, to Professional Domination. However, it's just the book from which anyone can extrapolate their own unique situation!
 Erotic Power


Extreme Space
by F.R.R. Mallory, A.k.a. Mistress Steel 

This is a non-fiction educational handbook based on the psychological and physical aspects of Domination and submission, one of the fastest growing adult alternative lifestyle choices in America today. It takes a serious non-judgmental look at the fundamental dynamics that compel people to reach out to this lifestyle and ultimately embrace it as something whole, rich and beautiful in there lives. Far from the salacious sexual deviancy often suggested by the mainstream media, this book clarifies the simple and often daring truths that defy such ready labeling. 
Extreme Space: The Domination & Submission Handbook

Justine, Philosophy in the Bedroom and Other Writings

by Marquis De Sade, Austryn Wainhouse (Translator) 

Justine is a wonderful story about a poor girl who goes through life suffering one misfortune after the other (10 in all.) She has her toe cut off, is abused in a convent, punched by the elderly and forced to do slave labor 
amongst other things. The book is entertaining and paints a bleak look of a women who has chosen the unwise path of Virtue over Vice. De Sade's best work! 

Screw the Roses, Send Me the Thorns: 
The Romance and Sexual Sorcery of Sadomasochism
By Philip Miller, Molly Devon

One of the all-time favorites, this book takes an informative, humorous and
down to earth tone to gaining a solid grasp of BDSM techniques and philosophies. Superb for novices and experienced players alike.Some of
the very best tips and techniques written anywhere, in an easy enjoyable format, with lots of pictures and personal thoughts.Though not geared towards female dominance, this is in my opinion a must have for all BDSM enthusiasts who support safe, sane and consensual play. 

Sensuous Magic : A Guide for Adventurous Couples
By Pat Califia

None threatening, open and honest look into the world of BDSM by acclaimed author Pat Califia.  Highly recommend for couples and individuals that are curious about most all aspects of BDSM.


The Art of Sensual Female Dominance: A Guide for Women
by Claudia Varrin

Written by former professional dominatrix Claudia Varrin, this is an intelligent and comprehensive guide to introducing D&S play to your partner. Varrin's views on female dominant sex play are romantic, spiritual and passionate , she writes with wit and authority, and the assurance of one who speaks from personal experience. 


The Sexually Dominant Woman: A Workbook for Nervous Beginners  by Lady Green 

For the woman who wants to take charge...... and the man who wants her to! 
This friendly, non-threatening book is the perfect starting point for any woman who has fantasized about erotic power play. The basics of bondage, sensation and control games -- even a script to support her through her first scene! 

The Correct Sadist

by Terrence Sellers

The harshness and poetic beauty of sadism and masochism are captured in these psychic dramas that explore pain and bondage as ultimate freedoms.
Correct Sadist

The Correct Sadist 2 : Dungeon Evidence

by Terrence Sellers 

The long-awaited sequel to Terrence Sellers' best-selling Correct Sadist, this is a new report from the sadomasochistic front-line, documenting the many visitors to the dungeon of Miss Angel Stern. 


Ties That Bind : The Sm/Leather/FetishErotic Style: 
Issues, Commentaries and Advice
by Guy Baldwin and Joseph Bean 

A superb book covering issues regarding relationships, the SM experience and personal transformation.  Not a *how to* book, but a book that makes you truly think about the healthy expression of sexuality through safe and sane SM play. 


To Love, to Obey, to Serve: Diary of an Old Guard Slave

by V. M. Johnson 
  This is an excellent tome written by a very devoted real time slave with actual accounts and details of daily life living under the unique power exchange of a BDSM love relationship for years! Very stimulating with some of the most intimate reflections from a personal level.
To Love, to Obey, to Serve: Diary of an Old Guard Slave

Crossdressing... Gender Bending... Transexuality
Crossdressers: And Those Who Share Their Lives
by Peggy J. Rudd

If a picture is worth 1000 words, this book speaks volumes about men and women who cross gender lines and those who share their lives. The Picture Gallery section of the book features 23 pages of pictures of men who
crossdress with pictures of crossdressers and the significant people in their lives throughout the book. The stories presented in this book provide an intimate view of their lives. Dr. Rudd carefully details strategies for coping, for both the transgendered individual and those who share their lives. The book was featured on The Leeza Show on NBC.


Dick for a Day: What Would You Do If You Had One?
by Fiona Giles (Editor)

Outrageous and thought provoking responses from noted authors, celebrities, feminists, and scholars--including Terry McMillan, Patricia Cornwell, and Linda Sexton Gray address the question of what a woman would do if she discovered that she had grown a penis. 


Girlfriend: Men, Women, and Drag 
by Holly Brubach, Michael James O'Brien (Photographer)

Girlfriend is a brilliant and insightful look at the people and places that create this vibrant culture. In the end, this guided tour tells us as much about our own received notions of gender as about the imagination and artistry of the men and women who dress as members of the opposite sex. Girlfriend is a passport to a new world, one brimming with creativity and joie de vivre, contradiction and irony. 


Miss Vera's Finishing School for Boys Who Want to Be Girls
by Veronica Vera

Veronica Vera founded Miss Vera's Finishing School for Boys Who Want to Be Girls in 1992 and started a gender bending revolution. Working from the pink palace of the Academy's intimate Manhattan campus, she has helped hundreds of students embrace and master "Venus Envy" through her expert instruction in the arts of dressing up, making up, going out, and acting like a lady. In her new book, she shares her priceless wisdom with the world. With sparkling wit and dazzling insight, Miss V gives us the 411 on body hair, foundation garments, make-up, and dressing. Amply illustrated and filled with the real stories of students and graduates, Miss Vera's Finishing School also offers a fascinating history of how the Academy came to be, as well as Miss Vera's own incisive gender manifesto. 


Training With Miss Abernathy: A Workbook for 
Erotic Slaves and Their Owners 
by Christina Abernathy

Miss Abernathy takes the submissive through each step of training--from deciphering  what type of slave you want to be, to the details of acting as an escort, butler, lady's maid, or sex slave. Throughout the book, she emphasizes that 24-7 slavehood is a vocation, not just a sexy hobby. Miss Abernathy will give you everything you need to become an outstanding erotic slave!
Training w/Miss Abernathy: A Workbook for Erotic Slaves & Their Owners

Whipping Girl: A transexual woman on sexism
and the scapegoating of feminity
by Julia Serano

<>A provocative manifesto, Whipping Girl tells the powerful story of Julia Serano, a transsexual woman whose supremely intelligent writing reflects her diverse background as a lesbian transgender activist and professional biologist. Serano shares her experiences and observations — both pre- and post-transition — to reveal the ways in which fear, suspicion, and dismissiveness toward femininity shape our societal attitudes toward trans women, as well as gender and sexuality as a whole. Serano's well-honed arguments stem from her ability to bridge the gap between the often-disparate biological and social perspectives on gender. She exposes how deep-rooted the cultural belief is that femininity is frivolous, weak, and passive, and how this "feminine" weakness exists only to attract and appease male desire.

BDSM Erotica

The Marketplace (book 1)
by Laura Antoniou 

The first in the groundbreaking series, The Marketplace follows four inductees as they transition from their former lives into the world of the Marketplace. Guided under the firm hand of two slave trainers and their majordomo, Chris Parker, each of the novices struggle with and against their internal desires to become Marketplace slaves. Laura Antoniou’s Marketplace series has occupied a unique place in BDSM fiction. Instead of simply focusing on a series of sexual encounters, her novels examine the complexities of a hidden slave-holding society and the motives and the inner quandaries of slave-holders, trainers and slaves, while still delivering an enticing, passionate and hot story. The other books in the series are:

The Slave (book 2)

The Trainer
(book 3)

The Academy: Tales of the Marketplace
(book 4)

  Market Place: The Reunion (book 5)

Murder at Roissy
by John Warren

 Murder at Roissy is a novel of thewhodunit legacy, yet, erotically sensual with the BDSM genre of the famous Roissy "Story of O". The author (not being a true SM player, so he says) "participated" in real BDSM scenes, in order to be able to write the book. He hails from a Police reporter writer background, hence the "murder" aspect which he feels is total fabrication from all of the years taking notes at a cop's desk! 


Sleeping Beauty Trilogy
by A.N. Roquelaure

Now, a boxed set of  3 books by the best selling author Ann Rice (writing as A. N.  Roquelaure), this enormously successful "Beauty" series are based very loosely on the Sleeping Beauty tale, and explore every sexually explicit and S&M fantasy imaginable. The romantic genre of this series, makes the severity of the scenes seem soft and delicious! 

Topping From Below

by Laura Reese

 It's a murder mystery as well as erotica. The heroine's sister is believed to be murdered by a lover referred to in her diaries only as M. Without enough evidence against him, M was never charged, but the heroine strongly believes if she enters into her own relationship with M, she will be able to prove he was her sister's killer. The heroine goes into the relationship with all the usual misconceptions about D/s, S&M relationships. But she begins to change her mind the deeper she gets involved. 

Best of the Best Lesbian Erotica
by Tristan Taormino (Editor) 

The Best of Best Lesbian Erotica offers the steamiest collection in the series to date, collecting the hottest and most thought-provoking, lesbian sex writing available. Contributors include Dorothy Allison, Heather Lewis, Pat Califia, and Cecilia Tan, using personal memoirs of ecstatic revelations, as well as, fictional quests to reconcile sex and spirituality and even historical overviews of religion's obsession with regulating the libido. 

Politics and Spirituality 

Beneath the Skins: The New Spirit and Politics of the Kink Community   by Ivo Dominguez

With the emergence of the leather/SM/fetish community, as with any other community, it struggles to delineate common goals, definitions and political agendas are inevitable. This book examines such issues and its coming of age. With enlightening and stimulating thought regarding common concerns to the men and women of the leather/SM/fetish community, Dominguez discusses the practical, political, and spiritual aspects of the individual within the "kink community".


Bound and Gagged: Pornography and the 

Politics of Fantasy in America
by Laura Kipnis

What constitutes pornography? In this eye-opening exploration, Laura Kipnis challenges our tendency either to demonize pornography or to dismiss it. Examining the entire spectrum of pornography--from the anti-porn positions of Catherine MacKinnon and Andrea Dworkin to the activities of men's magazine publishers such as Larry Flynt--Kipnis challenges our most basic preconceptions about the meaning of porn. 



by Mark Thompson (Editor) 

Leatherfolk's author list includes some of the best known names in the leather community: Dorothy Allison, Geoff Mains, Sam Steward, Jack Fritscher,  Mark Thompson, Guy Baldwin, Wickie Stamps, John Preston, Pat Califia, Joseph Bean, and others. The writing is honest and insightful. Highly recommended to anyone seeking SM roots; this book offers history, politics, spirituality, and anthropological self-study. 

Anal Annuls

Love Thine Enemas & Heal Thyself
by Jerry G., Dr. Knox

This book covers the enema from a more medical/clinical aspect including the psychological, sexual, spiritual and political uses of enemas and colonic irrigation. The book is well written, readable and 425 pages of text, with 12 case histories of enema and colonic experiences. It is very comprehensive and represents more than 40 years of research and experience of the subject. 

The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women

by Tristan Taormino, Fish (Illustrator) 

An essential how-to for beginners and a valuable reference for anal play and anal sex, this coversa topic that the author knows in depth on a personal level. Factually accurate, it conveys all the basic information as well as more advanced topics for the more experienced and/or adventurous.


Trust, the Hand Book: A Guide to the Sensual 
and Spiritual Art of Handballing
by Bert Herrman

The term "handballing" is also commonly known as "fisting", using the hand as a sensual appendage for anal (vaginal) penetration. Since the hand is usually not truly in a "fist" during the process, Herman wisely uses the term handballing.   Very informative and comprehensive, it covers an in-depth discussion on safety precautions as well as methods and products to use.

How-To's and Manuals

Consensual Sadomasochism: 
How to Talk About It and How to Do It Safely
by Bill Henkin, William A. Henkin, Sybil Holiday 

Written by SM players from the San Francisco area who also happen to be a therapist and a safe sex educator, this is one BDSM "How-To" manual that every player, beginner or 25 year veteran of the scene should have on their dungeon library shelf! The book contains concise descriptions of safety issues with play, along with some clearly explained basics of SM play and a huge list of definitions and negotiation-topic lists. What sets this book apart from the other (just as important) manuals and how-to's, is the psychological aspects of SM--starting with issues such as self-esteem, reconciling the Scene with feminism, knowing what you want/need (and the difference between them), to "Doing Psychotherapy in the Dungeon"! There's great section on Cyber SM which includes some basic safety suggestions for playing  on-line. There are also sections on SM & Spirituality, and Tantric SM. 

How to Make Whips 
by Ron Edwards

In the same genre of how-to books, this is for anyone interested in whip history and making your own whips. Edwards has taken a difficult art and made it user friendly to the novice or to the master, with simplified illustration and explanation.


Leather and Latex Care : 
How to Keep Your Leather and Latex Looking Great
by Kelly J. Thibault

 Leather and latex clothing has become quite popular in recent years. Both the mainstream fashion industry and alternative sexual subcultures have propelled leather and latex wear to unprecedented popularity. But these materials require special care if they are to maintain their beauty. This concise, easy-to-read book gives the reader all they need to know to keep their leather and latex in top shape. While clothing is the focus of this book, tips are also given to those using leather and latex items in their erotic play. This book is a must for anyone investing in leather or latex.


Learning the Ropes: A Basic Guide to Safe and Fun S/M Lovemaking
by Race Bannon

Race Bannon provides some much-appreciated accurate information in this honest and direct guide to S/M. He explodes prevalent myths about S/M and replaces them with a playground of erotic fantasy and an emphasis on consensuality. The fantasy visualization exercises and the examples of scenes and negotiation provide rich fodder for crafting new experiences, and regardless of your gender, orientation, or skill level, you'll find that the advice sprinkled throughout the book is useful. Possibly, the most important trait of this book, though, is that it's delightfully devoid of the "This is the One True Way" trap evident in too many sexuality manuals. 

FLOGGING: A Guidebook
by Joseph W. Bean 

Possibly the most popular activity in the erotic power exchange lexicon, flogging offers sensations ranging from gentle massage through tearing agony. In this comprehensive guide to the whys and hows of flogging, long-time leatherman Joseph Bean (author of `Leathersex` and former editor of `Drummer`) explains how to choose a flogger, negotiate a scene, read your partner`s mental and physical state, select patterns and strokes to create a palette of sensation, and much more. An invaluable guidebook for the erotic adventurer of any orientation! 


The Erotic Mind: 
Unlocking the Inner Sources of Sexual Passion and Fulfillment
by Jack Morin

A radical new psychology of desire and arousal. Learn how to use your peak erotic experiences to uncover the deep meaning of your turn-ons. My "paradoxical perspective" will show you how passion is fueled by a mixture of attraction plus obstacles to overcome . Even "negative" emotions such as anxiety and guilt can be powerful aphrodisiacs. 


Hard Core: Power, Pleasure, and the 'Frenzy of the Visible' 
by Linda Williams

This is an academic study of the pornography film genre. When Linda Williams originally wrote this book in 1989, she evoked a new perspective, which went beyond the antiporn/anticensorship debate, as she analyzed what hard-core film pornography is and what it does--as a genre with a history, as a specific cinematic form, and as part of contemporary discussion on sexuality. Ten years later she republished the book with a 1999 edition which included a new preface and  new epilogue and illustrated with 25 photographs. 398 pages including a great bibliography!  


Erotic Utopia: The Decadent Imagination in Russia's Fin de Siecle 

by Olga Matich

 The first generation of Russian modernists experienced a profound sense of anxiety resulting from the belief that they were living in an age of decline. What made them unique was their utopian prescription for overcoming the inevitability of decline and death both by metaphysical and physical means. They intertwined their mystical erotic discourse with European degeneration theory and its obsession with the destabilization of gender. In Erotic Utopia, Olga Matich suggests that same-sex desire underlay their most radical utopian proposal of abolishing the traditional procreative family in favor of erotically induced abstinence.



The Ethical Slut : A Guide to Infinite Sexual Possibilities
by Dossie Easton & Catherine A. Liszt

Achieving sexual abundance with style. Beyond the often unrealistic ideal of lifetime, monogamy lies an uncharted jungle of delightful options-- friendly sex, casual sex, group sex and more. In this groundbreaking volume, therapist Dossie Easton and sex educator/author Catherine A. Liszt provide a road map for exploring the sometimes difficult, often rewarding territory of non-traditional relationships. Warm, informative details about how to get your needs met, manage your jealousy, make agreements that work for all concerned, talk to your friends and relatives, and build a life full of all the sex and love you want. The Ethical Slut 

Whores and Other Feminists 

by Jill Nagle (Editor) 

 Comprising of a range of voices from traditional feminism, postmodern feminism, queer theory, libertarianism, and sex radicalism, this book examines sex work and the sex industry through the eyes of self-identified feminist sex workers - strippers, prostitutes, porn writers, producers and performers, dominatrices - and their allies. Through essay and personal narrative, the contributors liberate the exchange of sex for money from its boundaries of sexist oppression, focusing instead, on more local questions about particular sex work practices and their reflective feminist thought.

Foot and/or Shoe Fetishism

by Geoff Nicholson

The anonymous narrator of this sardonic fiction is a (relatively) unapologetic foot fetishist, and Nicholson allows him to lovingly wallow in the murky depths of his obsession. His pursuit of feet is admirable and amusing. The erotic thrill of the fine shoe is ... plausibly related, the foot-indulgences quite convincing. Nicholson spins a thrilling erotic homage to Manolo Blahnik-wearing, nail-polished, high-arched, beautifully footed women. 


The Sex Life of the Foot and Shoe
by William A. Rossi

The author takes us on a walking tour through history, from Chinese footbinding to the outrageous distortions of the foot gladly suffered by women over the centuries in the cause of sexual allure. He gives us an insightful psychosexual guide to ourselves via our footwear. A unique piece of social history; a provocative, often witty and always original, inquiry into human behavior. Rossi is a podiatrist and footwear historian who has written and consulted extensively on a subject he obviously loves: shoes, feet, and eroticism. 

The Seductive Shoe
by Jonathan Walford

From the first heeled shoes to contemporary stilettos, shoes are as much wearable art as utilitarian footwear. Walford (founding curator, Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto) presents a beautifully- illustrated social history spanning the 17th to 20th century as reflected in shoe fashions--without being overly Freudian about it. He includes an annotated listing of shoemakers, designers, manufacturers, awards for shoe design, and a glossary of shoemaking terms. Designer Manolo Blahnik (of Sex and the City fame) confers his praise on the reference.  With a detailed glossary and an illustrated appendix of notable shoemakers, designers, and manufacturers, The Seductive Shoe is the ultimate book for shoe lovers of all kinds. An indispensable resource for both professionals and fashion aficionados, this one-of-a-kind book is also a must-have for anyone who has ever experienced the intoxicating desire for a beautiful pair of shoes.

Art of the Boot

 It's the 150 stunning color photographs that make this book so special. As a follow-up to the Cowboy Boot Book, it celebrates how the art of the boot has risen to mind blowing proportions. The art is what this book is all about: new perfection in hand-carved and painted leather tops, colorful hand-beaded boots, varying styles of machine embroidery, rhinestone-studded boots, long mule ears with silver conchos, ornate stitching and inlays; the ancient hand-stitching art of pitiado has been revived. We are seeing gold, diamonds, silver, prehistoric mammoth tusk, ancient coins, and precious stones set into boot leather to create wearable cowboy-boot jewelry. 


Shoes : A Celebration of Pumps, Sandals, Slippers & More
by Linda O'Keeffe

Announcing an obsessive extravaganza of women's shoes chunky, irresistible, full-color book with page after page of over 1,000 seductive photos and information. Includes portraits of famous designers, a look at the two-foot high chopines of the 16th century, shoes made for special occasions, shoe fetishes, the allure of thesandaled foot, Marilyn's stiletto, the steps involved in making a shoe, and much more. A quirky, obsessive history of women's footwear, this book includes famous shoes, trends, and cycles.

Footnotes: On Shoes
by Shari Benstock

 A collection of 14 essays that analyze why our culture has become fascinated with footwear.The essays present insightful arguments that address the cultural significance of shoes through analyzes of art, film, literature, history, folklore, dance, psychology, and cultural studies. Unlike the traditional approach of fashion historians, the contributors to Footnotes: On Shoes uniquely analyze shoes as a foundation for broader explorations of social issues.


SHOES : Objects of Art and Seduction
by Paula Buratto Caovilla

Beautifully illustrated, this very original book traces the history of women's footwear using old master paintings, photographs, ancient shoes and unique exemplars and proto types. Follow the footwear evolution from everyday object to art artifact to the advent of leading stylists from Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent, to Ferragamo, Valentino and Dior. It's fun, it's whimsical, it's provocative, it's a stunningly beautiful book.


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